When Hurricane Sandy hit, devastating the East Coast and shuttering the offices of Every Day with Rachael Ray, several staffers faced flooded apartments and weeklong blackouts. For many New Yorkers, though, things were far worse.


A Look Back

A year later, we look at how the region pulled through, and what we learned about our communities and ourselves along the way.

Every Day with Rachael Ray Gets Involved

Heart of the Home

The staff of Every Day with Rachael Ray and their parent company, Meredith Corporation, were among the hundreds of volunteers who worked with Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization that repairs the homes of people in need, to resuscitate Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, after superstorm Sandy struck.

The Heart of the Home

Close to Home

Meredith senior marketing manager, Chris Jette, was among the victims to Hurricane Sandy. His Gerritsen Beach home turned into a five-foot deep indoor pool.

Sandy Hits Close to Home

More than a Kitchen

The neighborhood's volunteer fire department, affectionately known as "The Vollies," turned their training hall into a relief center, with canned goods, clothing and medical supplies on offer. It may not look like much, but this kitchen helped feed thousands of people for months after the storm.

More than a Kitchen

Restoring The Vollies

The kitchen began to feel more like a community center than just a place to eat. Even after people were able to cook at home again, they instituted a weekly spaghetti supper. So, Every Day with Rachael Ray joined in to remodel it into a beautiful communal kitchen to help keep the tradition alive.

Restoring The Vollies’ Kitchen

Staffers Get Involved

Every Day with Rachael Ray publisher, Chris Guilfoyle, touches up the trim.

Every Day with Rachael Ray Staffers Get Involved


Web editor Lauren Smith (left) and associate lifestyle editor Allyson Dickman paint the kitchen.

Every Day with Rachael Ray Staffers Get Involved

Patio Perfection

Production director, Betsey Barnum, fixes up the patio.

Every Day with Rachael Ray Staffers Get Involved

A Life in Pictures

Rach's buddy, Evette Rìos, worked overtime to help preserve her family's history. Her family put all of their energy into saving family photos, as they were completely drenched from the storm.

A Life in Pictures

40,000 Meals

Nicole Cantanese recalls the WearEver aluminum pots her mother bought with a lifetime guarantee 39 years ago. Those pots continued to feed her family of five (20 on holidays) everything from Sunday night pasta to chicken soup for a cold winter day, to lasagna, beef stew, Saturday morning pancakes, baked birthday chicken and more. 40,000 meals later, the pots had become an heirloom. When Sandy struck her mother's house, the pots were unsalvageable. Even after being soaked in a bath of baking soda, vinegar and water, the damage was irreparable.

40,000 Meals

A Lifetime of Memories

Nicole writes, "While the lifetime guarantee could never have anticipated Sandy, nearly four decades of service is no small feat. What will absolutely last a lifetime, though, even without those pots, is my deep love of what they held. And my memories of the days and nights when my mother's cooking brought us all together. As a family. Nothing -- come hell or high water -- can take that away."

A lifetime of memories